Stuff by: Steven Ward

Animals abound in Palm’s music video for “Dog Milk”

Gearing up for the release of their sophomore album Rock Island, Philadelphia’s indie-rock outfit Palm have debuted a music video for their single “Dog Milk,” taking their fans on a home video tour of a zoo and city rooftops in the process. Catching a glimpse of the occasional penguin and lemur, Palm’s video mingles all the […]

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I’m With Her release new single “Game To Lose” off upcoming debut album

The trio of folk crooners I’m With Her, the band fronted by Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, have released their second single “Game To Lose” off their upcoming debut album See You Around. Wielding their three-part harmonies with a poignant elegance and near seamless effortlessness that would give Lucius a run for their money, […]

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Bahamas release sizzling new single “Bad Boys Need Love Too”

Toronto singer/songwriter Bahamas, the groovy brainchild of Afie Jurvanen, has released his first single “Bad Boys Need Love Too” off his highly-anticipated upcoming fourth studio album Earthtones. The track sizzles and pops between its sultry beats courtesy of legend James Gadson and a collection of smoky vocals, which are offered up by bandmate Felicity Williams and the […]

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BØRNS releases another taste of new album Blue Madonna with “God Save Our Young Blood”

Indie-pop singer BØRNS has already wasted little time in the new year with the release of a single off his upcoming sophomore attempt Blue Madonna, peeling back his earlier synth fixations in favor of more organically sublime textures.  In, “God Save Our Young Blood,” the young singer’s normally stratospheric falsetto takes the backseat as he murmurs […]

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Kishi Bashi mesmerizes gently at intimate Constellation Room, premieres raw cut of Japanese-American internment documentary

Kishi Bashi, the stage name of singer/songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi, is one of the many multi-instrumentalists who’ve been floating around behind the scenes over the past decade that’s emerged in recent years as a solo artist with his own band. A founding member of indie-rock darlings Jupiter One, Ishibashi has also toured as a violinist for […]

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Stereophonics talk aging with grace and not becoming 90’s one-hit-wonders

In their over two decades run as a band, Welsh rockers Stereophonics have nurtured a commercially successful project that’s established a massive worldwide fan base, released ten albums, and created a catalog of music filled to the brim with hits. With the release a few weeks ago of their tenth studio album Scream Above the Sounds, […]

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LCD Soundsystem at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Bathed in the surreality of their return LCD Soundsystem open five-night residency at Hollywood Palladium

There is a surreality attached to the knowledge that LCD Soundsystem has a new album out and are currently wrapping up a five-night residency at the Hollywood Palladium. It was only six years ago that James Murphy and company gave what the world believed was their final concert in their spectacularly short-lived run as a band, […]

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Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace to celebrate 20 years of music with performance at the El Rey

Coming out of their self-induced five year hibernation, Canadian band Our Lady Peace have resurfaced in the last year with the release of Somethingness Vol. 1 and a large North American tour. Coinciding the release with the twentieth anniversary of their hit album Clumsy, the tour promises to be a veritable celebration of the band’s long run and […]

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Shout Out Louds talk strange tours and being fifteen-year underdogs

Touring in support of their fifth studio album Erase My Mind, Swedish indie-pop band Shout Out Louds are making their long-awaited return to the states. In their fifteen years as a group, they’ve achieved varying degrees of commercial success, opening shows for the likes of The Strokes and The Essex Green in their early years. But […]

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An Interview with The Sounds — the band’s twenty-year run and how they got here

Swedish indie-rockers The Sounds have been together for twenty years, now just as much experts on the music circuit as they are about spending prolonged periods of time with other people. Founded in 1988 by lead-singer Maja Ivarsson, Félix Rodríguez, Johan Bengtsson, and Fredrik Blond, the group added it’s final member Jesper Anderberg after meeting him by chance […]

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Arcade Fire at The Forum by Steven Ward
Arcade Fire defend their title as indie-rock’s heavyweight champs at the Forum

Entering the Fabulous Forum to announcements emulating that of a boxing match, Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire made their way towards the central ring to defend their title as indie-rock’s heavyweight champions. Laying on thick the satirical elements of their recent album Everything Now with a heavy emphasis on fake advertising and commercial vapidness that played itself out […]

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Young The Giant at the FivePoint Amphitheater by Steven Ward
Young the Giant bless new Irvine venue the FivePoint Amphitheater at its debut show

For the final show of their Home of the Strange tour, Young the Giant gave the first ever performance at the newly constructed Irvine venue the Five Point Amphitheater alongside Orange County natives Cold War Kids. An already stellar lineup made that much better by the amphitheater’s spacious layout–not to mention margarita vendors and delicious food […]

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Pop-rock icons Sparks talk reinvention twenty-three albums in — L.A. dates at El Rey

Sparks Release 23rd Full-Length Album with Three Los Angeles Dates at the El Rey With a discography spanning decades and legacy of influences across genres, Los Angeles-born pop and rock act Sparks have made a career out of reinvention that’s culminated recently into the release of their twenty-third studio album, Hippopotamus. Comprised at its core of […]

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